Trickle Down Technology: A Distance Education Approach to Professional Development
Angie Parker, Gonzaga University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Technology is definitely a part of our world but all too often that world does not include the K-12 classroom. Technology seems to stop short because of lack of teacher training, lack of well developed lesson ideas, and the fact that universities are not offering courses that model the use of technology in the content areas. The Trickle Down Technology (TDT) Project offered a three-pronged solution: a collaboration between college faculty in education, current K-12 teachers, and pre-service teachers. While college faculty grew more comfortable with technology, they began to integrate computers into their classes, while helping K-12 teachers do the same. Concurrently, faculty modeled technology application as a part of the curriculum and helped their students develop lesson plans for K-12 classrooms. The teachers then implemented these lesson and provided online feedback to the preservice teachers.
Parker, A. (2000). Trickle Down Technology: A Distance Education Approach to Professional Development. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 198-203). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).